S. Thomas Stathes

2005
S. Thomas Stathes, 93, an architect who was also involved in real estate and banking, died Dec. 31 at Brighton Gardens
nursing home in North Bethesda of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Stathes was born in New York to parents who were recent immigrants from Issari, Greece. The family moved to Washington
when he was an infant. He graduated from
McKinley Technical High School and from Catholic University's architecture school
in 1933.
He was a graduate instructor at CU and won numerous competitive medals and awards for design, including being named a
multiyear finalist for the Rome Prize scholarship.
He won the Paris Prize for Architecture in 1938, which led to his attendance at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris for a year, until
the outbreak of World War II.
From the time of his graduation until 1942, he also worked as a practicing architect for several private firms and the government.
While working at the War Department, he participated in the design of the Pentagon. One of his design renderings is in the
National Archives.
Mr. Stathes served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe during the war, attaining the rank of captain.
After the war, he returned to Washington, where he established an architectural firm. During his career, he designed a wide
range of private and public buildings. With his brother, Peter Stathes, he founded and operated a Washington real estate
company, Consolidated Properties. In the 1950s, he was also a founder and secretary of Montgomery Federal Savings and
Loan in Kensington, which no longer exists.
Mr. Stathes, a Silver Spring resident, designed his home in Woodside Park.
Active in professional and civic affairs, he was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, the
Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Reciprocity Club, for which he served as president of the Washington chapter and
international secretary. He was also a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as president of the Washington
chapter.
He was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington and was on its board of trustees.
A lifelong pigeon fancier, Mr. Stathes raised and raced birds for more than 70 years.
His marriage to Eileen Pincombe ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, Brian P. Stathes, died in 1971.
Besides his brother of Kensington, survivors include his wife, Joanne Stathes, whom he married in 1971, of Silver Spring; a son
from his first marriage, Christopher T. Stathes of Rockville; a stepson, John Forbes of Silver Spring; two sisters, Christine
Coppage of Nokesville, and Jane Cook of Kensington; and five grandchildren.